Timothy Dietz, Founder and CEO
Tim began his fire service career in Oregon in 1979. His first 22 years working on "the line" as a Company Officer/Paramedic, he retired at the end or 2008 as the Behavioral Health Specialist for a metropolitan fire district on the edge of Portland, Oregon. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor, and an internationally recognized speaker on crisis, grief, and staying happy and healthy in the emergency service professions. His career is devoted to teaching emergency responders and their organizations how to better serve the needs of emotionally traumatized people they may encounter at the scenes of injury or death, and he is also dedicated to preparing and providing tools for those emergency response organizations and individuals who are impacted by the inevitable stress that is an intrinsic part of their careers.
In addition to his fire service connections, Tim has worked with many organizations including the U.S. Coast Guard following hurricanes Katrina & Rita, The West Coast Post-Trauma Retreat in California, the Oregon National Guard dealing with the combat stress associated with the Afghanistan and Iraq war, and is the Mental Health Advisor for the U.S. Forest Service, PNW Region 6. Tim is an adjunct Professor for George Fox University's Trauma Response Institute, and he has private practice specializing in first responder's treatment and recovery from Acute Stress and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Tim has an A.S. Degree in Fire Science, a B.S. in Human Development, and an M.A. Degree in Counseling.